Once your baby arrives, suddenly you see your house in a whole new light... all those possibilities for painful injuries that you never thought of before.
And as soon as your little one starts moving around - first crawling, then walking - there are even more chances for bumps and bruises. From banging heads on the corner of tables to incidents with the oven, there are enough potential dangers around the house to keep you awake at night.
Luckily there are a lot of products available to buy that will help keep your home safe and your baby protected, preventing knocks, bumps, and injuries.
We've listed the best baby-proofing kits and products you can buy today that will soften edges and prevent accidents.
The best baby proofing kits and products
Baby proofing kits
This 36 piece kit makes a great starting point for baby proofing you home. It contains 8 x corner protection, 8 x cabinet protection, 8 x magnetic lock with 2 keys and 10 x socket protection.
You'll notice Dreambaby crop up a lot in this piece and that's because they do great baby proofing products. This 46 piece set includes 10 x safety catches, 30 x outlet plugs, 2 x cabinet sliding lock, 2 x multi-purpose latch and 2 x door knob covers, offering complete safety for your baby.
This 5 in 1 kit contains 5 different kinds of of baby proofing pieces: 20 socket covers, 10 cabinet locks, 10 cupboard locks and 4 rectangular locks and four door stoppers, all made from non-toxic, odorless materials.
Baby proofing door products
Prevent your curious toddler from accessing potentially dangerous areas such as the bathroom, garage, basement, or storage rooms with these door knob covers. They simply snap on, making it easy for adults to grip, squeeze and turn but hard for little hands to do the same.
Stop your toddler opening cupboard doors (and slamming or catching their fingers in them) with these special latches, which hold doors together until you unhook them. They’re also ideal for cupboards containing cleaning products or glassware.
Prevent your toddler turning the key and getting locked in with the BabyDan Key Guard. It can be used with most types of keys – cylinder and household – simply fasten your key into the key guard, put it back into the lock and the double locking mechanism means the unit will turn without the key moving. If you need to lock the door, you just press it in and turn the key.
Acting like a door wedge, the Jamm Doorstop slides under the door to prevent it from opening or closing in either direction and safely holds it ajar, ensuring little fingers and toes are kept protected from slamming doors and hinges. It’s made from a special material that grips the floor surface and holds the door fast until you’re ready to remove it.
Doors seem to attract toddler and baby fingers like moths to a flame. These finger trap protection strips provide a barrier from the floor up to a height of 120cm and can be fitted using strong adhesive (you can also buy them at 180cm too).
Baby proofing oven and cooker products
Keep your inquisitive little one from hurting themselves by installing an oven lock on your stove or microwave.
Heat resistant, this oven door lock stops little fingers from opening the oven door.
Prevent burns with a transparent, heat resistant oven door guard.
Little ones love to explore with their hands so prevent them from a potential accident by installing oven door knob guards on your oven.
Heat-resistant and easily installed, the Prince Lionheart Stove Guard protects your little one from scalds and burns.
Keep your pots and pans out of reach using a cooker guard. Using the backburners and turning handles inwards are also important safety measure to take.
Baby proofing cupboards and drawers
Simply screw a stopper into the back of the drawer, and it will catch on the upper lip of the drawer holder.
Add a lock to kitchen drawers and keep inquisitive hands away from the knives or cutlery with the BabyDan Adhesive Magnetic Drawer Lock. It works by using a magnetic key to turn the lock 'off' and allowing you to open the drawer.
If you’ve got a cupboard full of cleaning products, keep them out of reach of your toddler with this easy-to-secure lock. It works well on cabinet doors that have knobs which you can loop the flexible plastic over - a padlock symbol appears once you know the device is locked. You then push in the grey button and pull apart to unlock and remove.
Want to babyproof your coffee table? Stick on a soft foam table guard to protect your little one from knocks and bangs.
Sharp edges can be very hazardous for babies and toddlers, especially when they’re learning to crawl and walk, which often means they’ll be unsteady on their feet. Simply baby-proof all your shelf and furniture edges with corner cushions to avoid accidents.
These high-impact corner cushions offer triple protection from all three impact ‘danger zones’ – top, sides and head on.
These foam corner guards by SafeTots are perfect to fix on to furniture or surfaces that have sharp edges. Attach with double-sided sticky tape, which can be easily removed when no longer needed.
Made from foam and measuring 40cm in length, these edge bumpers are perfect to fit on any desk, table or shelf to prevent serious injury to your baby or toddler.